Psychology

Managing Our Minds: The Economic Case for Investment in Mental Health

Sophie Dundovic | Posted 16.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sophie Dundovic

Mental health is an economic problem. It is a problem that this country cannot afford to ignore. While we have made considerable progress in the last decade, mental health continues to be a sensitive issue.

Saving Computer Files 'Frees Up' New Space In Your Brain

The Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 10.12.2014 | UK Tech

Saving a computer file appears to improve your human memory, a scientific study suggests. The act of recording something artificially appears to "f...

'Don't Hate Me Because I'm Beautiful' - When Beauty Is Bad for You

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Raj Persaud

Researchers based at the University of Colorado and the Illinois Institute of Technology have just published a study which examines what they describe as a 'subtle form of sex discrimination', occurring when attractive women are discriminated against in job interviews, because they are pretty.

The Psychology of Terrorist Martyrdom

Sandi Mann | Posted 01.12.2014 | UK
Sandi Mann

As the UK faces what Theresa May has called its biggest terrorism threat in its history, understanding and recognising who might become a terrorist martyr is of crucial significance. Martyrdom, or the ultimate sacrifice, seems to be a bizarre concept that goes against all psychology theory...

Murder Is Easy

Louisa Leontiades | Posted 24.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Louisa Leontiades

How can I teach my children that respect for life, all life is important? Whilst we put women to death for being raped? Whilst we wage war on out-groups? Whilst we kill animals for our own pleasure? Some beings are worthy of life...

Why Might A Woman Want To Marry A Serial Killer?

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 18.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Marrying someone 54 years older than yourself might raise warning flags for some, let alone if the groom is a convicted serial killer who has already ...

A Psychologist's Confession: I'm Not Interested in What You're Thinking

Karen Pine | Posted 18.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Karen Pine

My lack of interest stems from the fact that what you're thinking has little to do with how you will behave. Sure, what you're thinking will affect how you're feeling. But it will barely connect with what you do. And what I'm really interested in is behaviour.

Virtual Reality Boosts Self-Compassion

Lucy Maddox | Posted 13.11.2014 | UK Tech
Lucy Maddox

Psychologists and computer scientists from University College London (UCL) designed a virtual reality experiment in which, by the use of avatars, people could experience the compassion they would show to another, but directed towards themselves.

Routine Is Routine, Wherever You Are

Lizzie Davey | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Lizzie Davey

Characters of habit, they call us - whoever 'they' are. No matter how hard we try, we always seem to find ourselves falling into some kind of routine. It's comforting and, quite frankly, we often need it to stop us from going insane.

The Psychology of Destiny's Loot System

Jamie Madigan | Posted 08.12.2014 | UK Tech
Jamie Madigan

I've been thinking about the psychology of Destiny's loot system and how it compares to other games. I think they've done one thing well and one thing not as well. Let's look at something I think Bungie's designers flubbed on first.

To Troll, or Not to Troll?

Olga Levancuka | Posted 08.12.2014 | UK Tech
Olga Levancuka

Even if the trolls are posting in response to the strange and at times controversial views of Katie Hopkins and others alike, the time to challenge the trolls has come. Because the trolls who provoke and the trolls who respond are no better.

Families 'Gave Up Kids For WiFi' After Signing (But Not Reading) Obscure T&Cs

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK Tech

Six families from London have accidentally agreed to sacrifice their eldest child for free WiFi, after they failed to read the terms and conditions. ...

Join Us in Celebrating Childrens' Achievements

Javed Khan | Posted 16.11.2014 | UK
Javed Khan

Last week we launched our 'Support the Unsupported' campaign to raise awareness and gather support for the most vulnerable children who don't get the emotional support they need from a loving family. We want to get people talking about their plight and the work Barnardo's does to support them.

How Evolution Explains Attraction

Saj Devshi | Posted 15.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Saj Devshi

The way relationships form between people has always fascinated me - How does science explain attraction? Through my study of Psychology I came to understand this a little better and found it fascinating trying to explain what the science in attraction was from the evolutionary perspective.

The Power Behind a Man's Purpose

Becky Walsh | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Becky Walsh

It would be wrong to stop women being fabulous achievers; in fact it is the feminine energy that will bring about world peace. We have been living with the beat of the drum for a long time. It is now time for a shift in the dynamic from masculine power to feminine.

Top Psychologist Answers Burning Questions Such As: Are Men Better At Maths?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle

When our mates are having a crappy week, many of us like to try our hand at pop psychology, using vague theories to explain why their ex-boyfriend/bos...

The Emotional Landscape of Rushing

Dr Libby Weaver | Posted 28.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Libby Weaver

Every human's greatest fear is that we are not enough and as a result that we won't be loved. We are born this way. It is human psychology 101. Without love a human baby dies. Other animals won't. So this is not some artificial construct that develops over time--it is hardwired into us at our most fundamental level, via our autonomic nervous system.

Cheap Beer and the Psychology of PlayStation Now Pricing

Jamie Madigan | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK Tech
Jamie Madigan

Sony recently launched its new Playstation Now service that lets you rent access to streaming games. Technically I know they're saying it's still in b...

Music as a Healer

Miel De Botton | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Miel De Botton

Music has always been my passion, my healer, and the methods I use to still my anxious mind dovetail well with classic music therapy techniques... Music lets us reach emotions that are difficult to reach verbally, become aware of hidden emotions and achieve a catharsis.

Psychologists Find Your Sense of Humour Predicts Depression

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 12.10.2014 | UK Comedy
Dr Raj Persaud

Victoria Ando, from St Hugh's College, University of Oxford has recently published a study entitled 'Psychotic traits in comedians', which uncovers a ...

The Psychology of Coping With War

Lucy Maddox | Posted 11.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Lucy Maddox

This swapping back and forth between the horrific and the mundane or even jolly, is not uncharacteristic of common ways of ways coping with chronic trauma: the black humour of a doctors' mess, for example. Humour is known to be an effective coping strategy, associated with a lower risk of post traumatic stress disorder.

Frustration vs. Video Game Violence in Real-Life Aggression

Jamie Madigan | Posted 07.10.2014 | UK Tech
Jamie Madigan

Games are complex, as are our interactions with them, and there are many theories about what makes for fun, frustrating, or enjoyable game beyond just how much red is on the screen... The "violence in the video games" scene needs to move beyond simply "do they or don't they".

Breaking the Cycle: Unlocking the Science of Bad Habits

Sophie Dundovic | Posted 07.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sophie Dundovic

We all have habits that we want to change: eat less, exercise more, stay out of our overdrafts; but this is easier said than done. Why is it that bad habits are so hard to break and new 'good' behaviours are so hard to stick to?

Are We Losing Sight of Reality in an Increasingly Virtual World?

Tasha Kleeman | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Tasha Kleeman

We are completely and utterly addicted to social media. Hours go by as we scroll aimlessly through our newsfeeds, stalking the Instagram pages of beautiful celebrities we've half heard of and tweeting about our lunches... Why? Because social media is wonderfully clever.

30 Fascinating Facts About Fashion Psychology

Karen Pine | Posted 05.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Karen Pine

What you wear affects you psychologically. It can profoundly alter your mood. It also influences how others respond to you. And the visual illusion created by cut and fabric dramatically changes the appearance of your body. Your clothes can affect your job prospects, your love life and even your self-image.